I love the Christmas Eve service at my church. I recognize most of the people attending because we're not a huge church. It is a time where I see families together, infants to grown children returning to visit. It is a time were I see the the family nature of the church. The Christian faith is not rugged individual with God facing the world. It is people inside families among friends who help nurture each other in the faith.
Tonight, my grandson attended the service. He turned one year old at the beginning of December. He loves music and dances to it. He danced in the center aisle during most of the service, wondering down the aisle to the front and danced next to the pastor. The choir members watched and smiled along with much of the other church.
We also heard the news friends were going to become grandparents and enjoyed sharing their joy as well as their daughter's excitement.
Worshiping God is not an individual experience. It is sharing our joys and tribulations with families and close friends, who act as Christ to us in all our experiences. They help us worship the Lord of the universe who became a man to suffer and die on our behalf. That is a great reason to dance in the aisles -- even for us Presbyterians.